CSA Shares for 9.2.2015

This week’s Farm Share will most likely include:
Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Kale, Lettuce, Salad Mix, Summer Squash, Chard (on farm) OR Collards (Church Hill)

Sign up is now open for our Fall Farm Share CSA which provides members with a weekly share of vegetables for all of October and November. We are so excited to announce that we have not one but two new pick up locations for our Fall Farm Share, pending enough sign-ups for each spot: Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox in Bon Air will be an additional Wednesday afternoon Farm Share pick up spot and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond (adjacent to Byrd Park and the Carillon Tower) will be a Farm Share pick up spot for Sunday mornings.

ALSO new for the fall season: Farm Share CSA members that pick up at our farm can sign up for a Dairy Share through Old Church Creamery, picked up at our farm each week. Details on the CSA sign up page. 

* Mark your Calendars! *
Our 2015 CSA Member Farm Party will be on Sunday, September 27th, from 2-6 pm.
CSA Members: Please join us on the farm to share food, drink, a members-only farm tour, and a celebration of the 2015 season. Bring some food to share and sit with us for a spell. Drop in for just a bit or stay the whole afternoon. All CSA members should have received an evite. Please RSVP through the evite. Driving directions and information found here.

Recipe Suggestions: see these and others cataloged on our Recipe Page
*Today’s appetite inducing recipe suggestions are from Food & Wine magazine. Get inspired and enjoy the goodness.*
Tomato Soup with Feta, Olives, & Cucumbers
Summer Squash Salad with Pickled Currants [Raisins]
Kale Salad with Garlicky Panko
Swiss Chard with Sweet Garlic
Sweet Pepper Salad with Machego and Almonds
Lima Bean and Sweet Pepper Gratin
Braised Collard Greens
Collard Greens with Tomatoes and Garlic
Salade Nicoise (for lettuce, green beans, etc.)
Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts

Available for Market Share CSA members to choose from this week:
Cucumbers, Garlic, Green Beans, Lettuce Mix, Microgreens, Okra, Peppers, Summer Squash (yellow and zucchini)…and Naturally Leavened, Organic Multigrain Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Reserve your selection online to pick up on Wednesday, September 2 at our farm or in Church Hill.

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew
(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.)

Notes about the upcoming weeks, for your planning purposes:
–  We are not taking Market Share orders for pick up at Good Health Herbs this week: September, 2nd
Good Health Herbs is moving! Any future Market Share orders for pick up there will be at their new location: 13601 Genito Rd. Midlothian, VA.

Fancy Peppers round out August…for 8.29.2015

Sometimes, the vegetables get fancy.
fancy jalapeno
Sometimes a  lot of them die, and we don’t share many photos of that. Luckily, they are always delicious. Here is this week’s Farm Share bag:
farm share 2015-08-26
We will keep saying it, for those new to us or the message: We harvest more food in November than we do in August. August is the height of stress for cultivated plants here in the central Virginia Piedmont. Bugs thrive in this hot, humid climate. Fungal and bacterial diseases thrive in this hot, humid climate. Sounds lovely, eh? We were lured down here after being in the farming community in New England. The high concentration of small organic farms, plus the high price of land, plus the long winters of the northeast made us really excited about Virginia for farming. We didn’t realize the extent of the difficulty presented by the bugs and disease as a product of the warm climate. But it all evens out. We have produce almost all year, we have cucumbers in May, and tomatoes in June. We also have tomatoes in October. Sometimes we even have tomatoes in November.
farm stand fridge case
In August, most of our northern farming peers are in a race to get in the last bit of the season before shutting down under the freezing temps. Here at our farm in August, due to the summer stressors, we harvest just a small percentage of the crops that we plant. The loss is currently so high this time of year that we can’t plant triple in order to get harvests consistent with other times of the year. Instead, we continue to research, test, ask questions, and work like crazy to figure out the best way to have delicious, nutritious vegetables thrive in this climate while also using all Certified Naturally Grown, biological/ecological growing practices.
market booth carmen
Thus, we have a bit less than usual to sell you for these August weeks but we are preparing for the next three months of abundant harvests. Peppers and tomatoes continue while we aim for as many root crops as possible (beets, radish, sweet turnips, carrots) and greens galore (lettuces, arugula, collards, kale, spinach, etc.) Therefore…

We are taking sign ups for our Fall Farm Share CSA – weekly shares for all of October and November. We have two new Farm Share CSA pick up sites for the fall and we are spreading the word: Wednesday afternoons at Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox in Bon Air, and Sunday mornings at First UU Church of Richmond, beside Byrd Park. We will continue to have Wednesday afternoon Farm Share pick up at our farm and in Church Hill. Current CSA members: Thanks for helping to spread the word! Future CSA members: Thanks for considering us to be your vegetable growers!

Reminder: As schedules change with autumn activities, if you can’t make it to Saturday farmers markets, don’t fret. We have our cold produce now in our self-serve farmstand! Come visit and see what our refrigerator case has to offer. We occasionally post descriptions of the inventory on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter but the offerings can change daily.

* Mark your Calendars! *
Our 2015 CSA Member Farm Party will be on Sunday, September 27th, from 2-6 pm.
CSA Members: Please join us on the farm to share food, drink, a members-only farm tour, and a celebration of the 2015 season. Bring some food to share and sit with us for a spell. Drop in for just a bit or stay the whole afternoon. Driving directions and information (including tour time, tba) found here. All CSA members are invited – including our new Fall season Farm Share members!

Available for Market Share CSA members to choose from this week: Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce Mix, Okra, Peppers (jalapenos, sweet bell, carmen, lunchbox, padron…), Salad Mix, Summer Squash, Tomatoes.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Reserve your selection online to pick up on Saturday, August 22nd at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market.

Vegetables not ordered by our Market Share CSA members will join us at the Brandermill Green Market this Saturday. Anyone may order select goods from us through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Notes about the upcoming weeks, for your planning purposes:
– We will not be at South of the James market or The Market at Magnolia Green on Saturday, August 29. We will be at the Brandermill market like usual.
–  We will not be delivering to Good Health Herbs on Wednesday, September, 2nd.
– We will not be baking bread on Saturday, August 29.
Good Health Herbs is moving! Market Share orders for pick up there after September 1 will be at their new location: 13601 Genito Rd. Midlothian, VA.

Enjoy ~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew
(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.)

Farm Share CSA for 8.26.2015

This week’s Farm Share will most likely include:
Lettuce, Carrots, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Garlic, a pair of Jalapenos, Kale (on farm) OR Chard (Church Hill), Green Beans (on farm) OR Summer Squash (Church Hill).

Sign up is now open for our Fall Farm Share CSA which provides members with a weekly share of vegetables for all of October and November. We are so excited to announce that we have not one but two new pick up locations for our Fall Farm Share, pending enough sign-ups for each spot: Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox in Bon Air will be an additional Wednesday afternoon pick up spot and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond(adjacent to Byrd Park and the Carillon Tower) will be a Farm Share pick up spot for Sunday mornings.

ALSO new for the fall season: Farm Share CSA members that pick up at our farm can sign up for a Dairy Share through Old Church Creamery, picked up at our farm each week. Details on the CSA sign up page. 

* Mark your Calendars! *
Our 2015 CSA Member Farm Party will be on Sunday, September 27th, from 2-6 pm.
CSA Members: Please join us on the farm to share food, drink, a members-only farm tour, and a celebration of the 2015 season. Bring some food to share and sit with us for a spell. Drop in for just a bit or stay the whole afternoon. Driving directions and information (including tour time, tba) found here.

Recipe Suggestions: see these and others cataloged on our Recipe Page
Sweet Peppers – For those that receive the sweet and small lunchbox peppers, this Sweet Pepper Popper recipe is delicious. You can also simplify it and make it vegetarian by just stuffing with goat cheese and dusting with bread crumbs. (This is a favorite way to enjoy these peppers by at least one of our passionate CSA members!) For those that like spice, you can add the jalapenos to this dish for a handful of bites with a real zing. Here is another recipe for Stuffed Baby Sweet Peppers – 2 Ways, including a dairy-free option.
Green BeansGreen Bean Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Lettuce – Our salad greens are returning! We are so happy. You likely don’t need any recommendations, but for those looking for salad dressing inspiration, see the above Mustard Vinaigrette or to make progress on moving past store bought salad dressing, see this list of 5 Salad Dressings to Know By Heart. Home made salad dressing takes some time to make, but less and less time as you get familiar with stand by recipes. You win with better flavor, more nutrition, and money savings.
Summer Squash – We still swear by grilling it as the tastiest way to eat squash this summer. Drizzle one of those homemade salad dressings on top of the grilled slices and savor it.
Carrots – For a diversion from our usual recipe suggestions, check out these Carrot Cake Power Bites. We haven’t made them yet, but are about to. Carrots with dates and almond butter? Yes, please! (Note: This recipe is best when the dough is chilled overnight.)
Chard – Try it this way: Tortilla Espanola with Rainbow Chard  You can sub kale for the chard that it calls for.
Tomatoes – In case you need recipe inspiration, check out this list of 13 Recipes that Make the Most of Fresh Tomatoes

Notes about the upcoming weeks, for your planning purposes:
–  We are not taking Market Share orders for pick up at Good Health Herbs this week or next (Wednesday, August 26th or September, 2nd).
– We will not be at South of the James market on Saturday, August 29, or selling through Fall Line Farms (Richmond’s online farmers market) for delivery on August 27. We will be at the Brandermill market like usual.
– We will not be baking bread on Saturday, August 29.
Good Health Herbs is moving! Market Share orders for pick up there after September 1 will be at their new location: 13601 Genito Rd. Midlothian, VA.

Broadfork Goodness Now & Into the Fall…for 8.22.2015

The transition to having fall crops in the farm landscape is breathtaking each year. Rows and rows of little green plants grow bigger every day. We feel a huge sigh of relief from all of the plants and the people around here – the break in the heat and the approach of fall is so rejuvenating.
lettuce
Even the carrots are celebrating, giving each other little carrot hugs underground.
carrot hug
Our favorite part of the year is approaching. The most beautiful, the most delicious, and the most enjoyable. The farm is vibrant, the diversity of food is amazing as cooler season crops return (abundance of salad greens, kale and other cooking greens, broccoli, beets, turnips, radishes…) and hot season crops (tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, eggplant…) are still producing. We love it.
lunchbox peppers
For now, it is August. August is delicious, but less abundant and therefore less enjoyable. People are always surprised when we tell them that we harvest more in November than we do in August. Every year. August is hard for an organic farm in central Virginia. The bug and disease pressure is its most intense. Months of humid heat (which bugs love!) take their toll on the summer crops, which spend months in the ground. We lose a huge percentage of these long season crops. We are still harvesting diverse and delicious food in August – see this week’s Farm Share pictured below. But August means less food, relative to the spring, early summer or fall, from this piece of earth we tend.
2015-08-19
But the fall makes up for it. Fall is glorious. And we are taking sign ups for our Fall Farm Share CSA – weekly shares for all of October and November. If you are curious about what a weekly share is like and want a chance to try a share for free, we have a drawing going on right now through Facebook and Instagram. Like/share/regram/tag a friend in our post with the photo above and you get your name entered into a drawing to win a Farm Share bag, to be picked up on Saturday (at our farm or market booth). We have two new Farm Share CSA pick up sites for the fall and we are trying to spread the word: Wednesday afternoons at Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox in Bon Air, and Sunday mornings at First UU Church of Richmond, beside Byrd Park. Current CSA members: Thanks for helping to spread the word! Future CSA members: Thanks for considering us to be your vegetable growers!

Reminder: We have our cold produce now in our self-serve farmstand! Come visit and see what our refrigerator case has to offer. We occasionally post descriptions of the inventory on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter but the offerings sometimes change daily. 

* Mark your Calendars! *
Our 2015 CSA Member Farm Party will be on Sunday, September 27th, from 2-6 pm.
CSA Members: Please join us on the farm to share food, drink, a members-only farm tour, and a celebration of the 2015 season. Bring some food to share and sit with us for a spell. Drop in for just a bit or stay the whole afternoon. Driving directions and information (including tour time, tba) found here.
grasshopperAvailable for Market Share CSA members to choose from this week: Chard, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Kale, Microgreens, Okra, Parsley, Peppers (jalapenos, sweet bell, carmen, lunchbox, padron…), Summer Squash, Tomatoes…and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Reserve your selection online to pick up on Saturday, August 22nd at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market, The Market at Magnolia Green, or at the South of the James market – HOWEVER we cannot be at the South of the James market. Our apologies for a last minute change and because of the late notice, if you order for pick up at SOJ, we will get your order to you somehow. We will email you with details and instructions after you order. Thank you! 

Vegetables not ordered by our Market Share CSA members will join us at the Brandermill Green Market and The Market at Magnolia Green this Saturday. Anyone may order select goods from us through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Notes about the upcoming weeks, for your planning purposes:
– We will not be at South of the James market on Saturday, August 22 or 29, or selling through Fall Line Farms (Richmond’s online farmers market) for delivery on August 27. We will be at the Brandermill market like usual.
–  We will not be delivering to Good Health Herbs on Wednesday, August 26th or September, 2nd.
– We will not be baking bread on Saturday, August 29.
Good Health Herbs is moving! Market Share orders for pick up there after September 1 will be at their new location: 13601 Genito Rd. Midlothian, VA.

Enjoy ~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew
(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.)

CSA Shares for 8.19.2015

This week’s Farm Share will most likely include:
Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Garlic, a pair of Jalapenos, Kale (Church Hill) and Chard (on farm) – [this will then switch for next week], Microgreens, and with the soil willing and the rodents at bay: Carrots

Sign up is now open for our Fall Farm Share CSA which provides members with a weekly share of vegetables for all of October and November. We are so excited to announce that we have not one but two new pick up locations for our Fall Farm Share, pending enough sign-ups for each spot: Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox in Bon Air will be an additional Wednesday afternoon pick up spot and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond (adjacent to Byrd Park and the Carillon Tower) will be a Farm Share pick up spot for Sunday mornings.

* Mark your Calendars! *
Our 2015 CSA Member Farm Party will be on Sunday, September 27th, from 2-6 pm.
CSA Members: Please join us on the farm to share food, drink, a members-only farm tour, and a celebration of the 2015 season. Bring some food to share and sit with us for a spell. Drop in for just a bit or stay the whole afternoon. Driving directions and information (including tour time, tba) found here.

Recipe Suggestions: see these and others cataloged on our Recipe Page
Kale or Chard – While blueberries are still in season, enjoy them with your greens in this recipe for Summer Salad with Kale or Chard. (The recipe calls for kale but the greens are interchangeable.)
Sweet Peppers – In hot weather we love slices of these peppers with a dab of cream cheese inside. It is simple and delicious. If you are up for cooking, we love fajita-style tacos with our sweet peppers prepared in a saute with onions. Back to a cold option: Sandwich/Submarine night is a big hit around here and the same pepper-and-onion saute is a favorite sub sandwich topping for our family.
Microgreens – Add these to just about any meal or dish this week. Seriously. Eggs. Toast. Sandwiches. Sushi. Salads. Pizza. Your body will thank you.
Tomatoes – We are obviously encouraging Tacos and Sub sandwiches for dinner this week, which feature tomatoes beautifully as well. But if you are craving homemade ice cream, we want you to consider this collection of Tomato Ice Cream recipes. We admittedly haven’t made any yet, but the memory of the Tomato Basil Ice Cream from earlier this summer is heavy on our minds.
Carrots – We’re about to fire our farm cats because it seems they haven’t been on rodent-duty in the carrot rows. We have lost quite a number of carrots to these rascals. We will do our best digging them up for you tomorrow and hopefully you can make Anise Seed Carrots or this recipe for Carrots with Anise or Spiced Pilaf Roasted Carrots

Available for Market Share CSA members to choose from this week: Chard, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Kale, Okra, Peppers (jalapenos, sweet bell, padron…), Tomatoes (with bulk options….Can while you can!), …and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

Notes about the upcoming weeks, for your planning purposes:
–  We will not have orders for pick up at Good Health Herbs on Wednesday, August 26th or September, 2nd.
– We will not be at South of the James market on Saturday, August 29, or selling through Fall Line Farms (Richmond’s online farmers market) for delivery on August 27. We will be at the Brandermill market like usual.
– We will not be baking bread on Saturday, August 29.
Good Health Herbs is moving! Market Share orders for pick up there after September 1 will be at their new location: 13601 Genito Rd. Midlothian, VA.

Fall CSA Sign Up – New Pick Up Options!…and goods for 8.15.2015

Our vegetable beds are quickly turning over to rows and rows of baby fall crops while the farmhouse kitchen here is full of food preservation. Baby brassicas (kale, collards, etc.) in the field, pots and pots of crushed tomatoes on the stove. Baby lettuces lined up in tidy rows, peppers roasting in the oven and getting tucked away in the freezer. Baby beets in the ground with a new load of compost and no weeds. Jars and jars of stewed tomatoes on the shelves. More salad greens tucked in the soil.
brassicas
Where are those fall vegetables bound? In large part to our beloved CSA members. Accordingly, sign up is now open for our Fall Farm Share CSA which provides members with a weekly share of vegetables for all of October and November. We are so excited to announce that we have not one but two new pick up locations for our Fall Farm Share, pending enough sign-ups for each spot: Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox in Bon Air will be an additional Wednesday afternoon pick up spot and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond (adjacent to Byrd Park and the Carillon Tower) will be a Farm Share pick up spot for Sunday mornings. (This is the first time we have offered a Farm Share for pick up on a different day of the week.)

We are overjoyed to be partnering with both of these community groups. First UU is our family’s congregation and an important pillar in Richmond’s past and present. Perk! is a delicious and quaint gathering spot, and it is ridiculously fun to get to type an exclamation point after each Perk!
farm share 2015-08-05
We think our farm is also delicious, quaint, and an important place for our community. Thank you for eating the food we grow! A big part of allowing a farm like ours to be in business is the community’s willingness to eat what we grow, when it is in season. We can’t have any particular vegetable ready to pick all year. We thrive on diversity of many forms. Please spread the word/ forward this email to others in our community that you think will benefit from the diverse array of vegetables that we grow. Signing up for our CSA is the best way to keep our farm growing this nutritious, delicious, Certified Naturally Grown food. Our business is still young and each season we work hard to attract as many CSA members as we need to truly support the backbone of our business. Your advocacy on our behalf is greatly appreciated!
green beans
Reminder: We have our cold produce now in our self-serve farmstand! Come visit and see what our refrigerator case has to offer. We occasionally post descriptions of the inventory on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.
picking
Notes about the upcoming weeks, for your planning purposes:
–  We will not be delivering to Good Health Herbs on Wednesday, August 26th or September, 2nd.
– We will not be at South of the James market on Saturday, August 29, or selling through Fall Line Farms (Richmond’s online farmers market) for delivery on August 27. We will be at the Brandermill market like usual.
– We will not be baking bread on Saturday, August 29.
Good Health Herbs is moving! Market Share orders for pick up there after September 1 will be at their new location: 13601 Genito Rd. Midlothian, VA.
tomatoes lunchbox peppers
* Mark your Calendars! *
Our 2015 CSA Member Farm Party will be on Sunday, September 27th, from 2-6 pm.
CSA Members: Please join us on the farm to share food, drink, a members-only farm tour, and a celebration of the 2015 season. Bring some food to share and sit with us for a spell. Drop in for just a bit or stay the whole afternoon. Driving directions and information (including tour time, tba) found here.

Available for Market Share CSA members to choose from this week: Beets, Chard, Eggplant, Flower bouquets, Garlic, Green Beans, Kale, Microgreens, Okra, Parsley, Peppers (jalapenos, sweet bell, carmen, lunchbox, padron…), Summer Squash, Tomatoes…and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Reserve your selection online to pick up on Saturday, August 15th at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market, or at the South of the James market.

Vegetables not ordered by our Market Share CSA members will join us at the Brandermill Green Market and South of the James market this Saturday, plus the opening day of the Magnolia Green Farmers Market. Anyone may order select goods from us, through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Enjoy ~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew
(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.)

CSA Shares for 8.12.2015

This week’s Farm Share will most likely include:
Potatoes, Carrots, Chard, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Garlic, and Squash OR Eggplant

* Mark your Calendars! *
Our 2015 CSA Member Farm Party will be on Sunday, September 27th, from 2-6 pm.
CSA Members: Please join us on the farm to share food, drink, a members-only farm tour, and a celebration of the 2015 season. Bring some food to share and sit with us for a spell. Drop in for just a bit or stay the whole afternoon. Driving directions and information (including tour time, tba) found here.

Available for Market Share CSA members to choose from this week:
Beets, Chard, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Kale, Okra, Peppers (jalapenos, sweet bell, padron, lunchbox…), Tomatoes, …and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Reserve your selection online to pick up on Wednesday, Aug 12th at our farm, in Church Hill, or at Good Health Herbs.

Enjoy ~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew
(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.)